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Contemporary art speaks Korean

Free Korean language tour 무료한국어투어

Image: The new John Kaldor Family Gallery with Sol LeWitt’s Wall drawing #1091: arcs, circles and bands (room) 2003 © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Saturday 21 May 2011, 11am
2011년 5월 21일 토요일 오전 11시

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and membership desk
Free

Patricia Piccinini artist talk

Contemporary artist Patricia Piccinini will discuss her practice and work ‘The comforter’ 2010

Saturday 21 May 2011, 12.00pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Bodyweather dance performance

Butoh artist Tess de Quincey and sound artist Jim Denley perform ‘Line in line’

Image: Jim Denley & Tess de Quincey in Breath Photo: Mayu Kanamori

Saturday 21 May, 1pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Performance by Ms Kandinsky

Colourful tales of artistic discovery through contemporary art, performed by Alex Norman.

Image: Alex Norman as Ms Kandinsky

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May, 2pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Contemporary collectors forum

Sydney collectors John Kaldor, Naomi Milgrom Kaldor, Andrew Cameron and Daniel Droga discuss collecting contemporary art

Saturday 21 May 2011, 4.00pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Architecture tour

A walk-through of the new contemporary galleries with architect Andrew Andersons and deputy director Anne Flanagan

Image: The new John Kaldor Family Gallery with Sol LeWitt’s Wall drawing #1091: arcs, circles and bands (room) 2003 © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Saturday 21 May 2011, 5.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Free

BMX bike performance

A celebration of street culture in contemporary art

Photo: Simon O’Brien © 2011 Michael Harris

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May, 10am

Duration 15 minutes
Location: Front of the Gallery
Free

Exhibition talk by Edmund Capon and John Kaldor

Gallery director Edmund Capon and John Kaldor introduce the new contemporary galleries.

Image: John Kaldor and Edmund Capon in front of Ugo Rondinone siebterjulizweitausendundnull 2000 (detail) John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of NSW © Ugo Rondinone, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ London

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May, 10.30am

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Contemporary art speaks Mandarin

Free Mandarin Language Tour 免費普通話導覧

Image: The new John Kaldor Family Gallery with Sol LeWitt’s Wall drawing #1091: arcs, circles and bands (room) 2003 © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Sunday 22 May 2011, 11am
5月22日,週日下午11點

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and membership desk
Free

Interactive character tour: Pertinos

Join our new Gallery character Pertinos on a lively tour of the contemporary galleries, specially written and created by children’s author Geoffrey McSkimming

Image: Tara O’Sullivan as Pertinos

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May 2011, 11am

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Artist talk by Callum Morton

Callum Morton discusses his work 'Motormouth'.

Image: Callum Morton Motormouth 2002 Contemporary Collection Benefactors’ 2002 © Callum Morton, courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Sunday 22 May, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Interactive storytelling: contemporary art

With Open Stage Productions

Image: Monique Dykstra and Daniel Cordeaux

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May 2011, 12.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Special lecture by Tate curator Jessica Morgan

Jessica Morgan discusses the Tate’s collection.

Jessica Morgan

Sunday 22 May, 12.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Contemporary artists talks

Leading artists discuss their practice and their works on display in the contemporary galleries.

Image: Aleks Danko. Photo: Jude Walton

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May 2011
Various times, as indicated


Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

John Kaldor Family Gallery audio-described tour

Tour of the John Kaldor Family Gallery for people who are blind or vision impaired

Image: The new John Kaldor Family Gallery with Sol LeWitt’s Wall drawing #1091: arcs, circles and bands (room) 2003 © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Sunday 22 May 2011, 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Performance art by Destiny Deacon

An opportunity to see the first presentation of a new performance work by artist Destiny Deacon.

Image: Destiny Deacon Me and Virginia’s doll (detail) 1995. Gift of Phyllis Ada Evans (née Deacon) and her son Richard Deacon Evans 2002 © Destiny Deacon. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May, 2pm

Duration 15 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Live music with The Rescue Ships

Singer/songwriters Brian Campeau and Elana Stone of The Rescue Ships perform original music and sounds from the 1960s.

Image: Elana Stone and Brian Campeau, The Rescue Ships

Saturday 21 May 2011, 3.30pm & 5pm
Sunday 22 May 2011, 12pm & 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Cafe
Free

Beat poetry with Miles Merrill

Miles Merrill performs Jack Kerouac's ‘On the road’ and Allen Ginsberg's ‘Howl’ with multi-instrumentalist Trevor Brown

Image: Miles Merrill

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Open Weekend 2011 films

‘I shot Andy Warhol’, ‘Basquiat’ and ‘Paris is burning’

Image: Basquiat (detail)

Saturday 21 May 2011, 2.00pm
Saturday 21 May 2011, 7.15pm
Sunday 22 May 2011, 2.00pm


Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Breakdancing performance

A celebration of street culture in contemporary art

Image: B*Boy Blond. Photo: Nick Bassett

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May, 3pm

Duration 15 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

ArtDocs film screenings

A special screening of documentaries highlighting artists in the contemporary collection

Image: Open Score by Robert Rauschenberg (detail)

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May, various times as listed


Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Contemporary galleries talks

Insights into contemporary art

Image: Nam June Paik Buddha game 1991 © Nam June Paik Estate

Saturday 21 May 2011, 1.30pm
Sunday 22 May 2011, 2.00pm
Sunday 22 May 2011, 3.30pm


Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Drawing demonstrations

Discover more about drawing techniques in our newly refurbished works-on-paper study room.

Saturday 21 May 2011, 2.00pm
Sunday 22 May 2011, 2.00pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Study room
Free

Help create a Sol LeWitt wall drawing

A rare chance to participate in creating one of LeWitt's wall drawings.

Saturday 21 May 11am-8pm
Sunday 22 May, 11am-4pm

Duration 9 hours
Location: Function space
Free

Live music with Mr Percival

A unique musical experience

Saturday 21 May 2011, 7.30pm
Sunday 22 May 2011, 4pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

David Jaffe lecture

The senior curator at the National Gallery, London 'flips the background'

Jeff Koons, Puppy 1995. John Kaldor Family Archive. Photo: Eric Sierins

Wednesday 1 June 2011, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

New contemporary galleries celebrity talks

Personal insights on collecting, philanthropy and politics

Image: John Kaldor

Wednesdays 6.30pm
25 June – 8 July 2011


Location: Entrance court
Free

Michael Landy artist talk

Celebrated British artist Michael Landy discusses his past and upcoming work in association with Kaldor Public Art Projects.

Michael Landy The consuming paradox 1999 (detail) John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales © Michael Landy. Courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Wednesday 8 June 2011, 7.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Music in the ArtBar: Mr Percival

A unique musical experience

Wednesdays 25 May – 2 June 2011
5.15pm & 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Cafe
Free

State of the Arts talks

A series of free Friday lunchtime lectures in association with the new contemporary galleries

Fridays 27 May – 17 June 2011, 1pm


Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Printmaking workshop with Andrew Totman

An introduction

Image: Sol LeWitt’s Wall drawing #1091: arcs, circles and bands (room) 2003 (detail) © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Saturday 25 June 2011, 10.15am

Duration 5 hours, 45 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

New contemporary galleries collection talks

Expert insights into works in the new contemporary galleries

Image: Mikala Dwyer Hanging eyes, from the series iffytown 1999. Gift of the artist 2002 © Mikala Dwyer. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Wednesdays 5.30pm
25 May – 13 July 2011


Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Look at me: what do you see? 2011

Interactive character tour

Tara O’Sullivan as Pertinos

Monday to Friday, 4–15 July 2011
11.30am

Duration 30 minutes
Free

New contemporary galleries children’s workshops

July school holidays

Image: Ugo Rondinone clockwork for oracles 2011 (detail) John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of NSW © Ugo Rondinone

4–15 July 2011
Dates and times as listed


Location: Information desk
Charges apply

‘Untitled’ by Ms Kandinsky

Tales of artistic discovery with music, humour and interactive fun

Image: Alex Norman as Ms Kandinsky

Monday to Friday 4–15 July 2011
1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Free

Special lecture: Making art public

Nicholas Baume, New York Public Art Fund

Image: Nicholas Baume

Saturday 23 July 2011, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Free

New contemporary galleries documentary films

David Smith + Christo

Image: Christo in Paris (1986) Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive

Saturday 23 July 2011, 2.00pm

Duration 1 hour, 56 minutes
Free

New Hollywood

New contemporary galleries film program

Image: The graduate (6 & 10 July)

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm
Sundays 2pm
29 June – 14 August 2011
+ Saturday 16 & 30 July 2011, 2pm


Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Barry McGee artist talk

with John Kaldor

Image: Barry McGee & Josh Lazcano (Amaze) New mural, East Houston Street and Bowery, New York, NY 2010 (detail)

Wednesday 14 September 2011, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Happiness and the City panel discussion

Michael Landy, Lisa Havilah, David Marr, Tanveer Ahmed

Saturday 24 September 2011, 3.00pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Free

InterACTive art 2011

School holiday performance

Image: Open Stage Productions: Monique Dykstra and Daniel Cordeaux

26–30 September 2011, 11.30am

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Information desk
Free

Rosemary Laing collection talk

Prof Abigail Solomon-Godeau, University of California, Santa Barbara

Rosemary Laing burning Ayer no 1 2003. Gift of Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth 2011. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program © Rosemary Laing

Wednesday 19 October 2011, 5.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Contemporary high tea and tour

The John Kaldor Family Gallery Collection

The new John Kaldor Family Gallery with Sol LeWitt’s Wall drawing #1091: arcs, circles and bands (room) 2003 © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Sunday 20 November 2011, 1.15pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Information desk
Charges apply

The spirit of our age

Art since the 1960s

Image: Gilbert & George Dig 2005 photograph and mixed media, John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales © Gilbert & George

Wednesdays, 26 October – 7 December 2011
(except 16 November)
6pm–7.30pm


Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

New, next, now

School holiday performance

Image: The Etcetera Duo in front of Ugo Rondinone clockwork for oracles 2011 (detail) © Ugo Rondinone

9-20 April 2012 (Mon – Fri), 11.30am

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free